<img src="http://www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk/Ballet%20Centrals%20National%20Tour/Assets/Images/BC%20About%20Image%201.jpg" alt="" /> Ballet Central, sponsored by ScottishPower, announces 20th Anniversary national tour for 2005
- Young, versatile company brings dance to new audiences
Ballet Central, sponsored by ScottishPower, announces 28 dates in its 2005 national tour, commencing 6 April in London. Now celebrating 20 years of bringing fresh and exuberant dance to audiences across the UK, this company of young talented performers is recognised as a springboard into the top international dance companies.
The 2005 tour, directed for the first time by Fergus Logan (international dance artist and choreographer, and graduate of Central School of Ballet), brings together some of the country’s foremost choreographers. The company will perform new works from the award-winning David Nixon (Artistic Director of Northern Ballet Theatre), Cathy Marston and Sara Matthews. Also in the programme, the revival of an excerpt from one of Gillian Lynne’s ballets as well as works by new choreographic talent.
Audiences can expect live performances of new, commissioned scores by international dance composer Philip Feeney and music ranging from Benjamin Britten to Talking Heads.
The company’s popularity, particularly with regional and new dance audiences, resides in the remarkable versatility of the dancers, on display in the range of the repertoire. The programme embraces pure Classical Ballet, dynamic Contemporary Dance, Jazz works and narrative pieces.
The 2005 tour sees the dancers performing in a diversity of venues including the prestigious Linbury, Royal Opera House and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, as well as bringing quality dance to the regions in towns which include Galashiels, Abergavenny and Frome.
In one of the biggest dance sponsorships of its kind, ScottishPower are supporting Ballet Central’s tour for the fourth consecutive year, with a commitment confirmed until 2007 to the value of £1.3 million over 6 years. The partnership recently won an Arts & Business Award for Sustainability.
Heather McDonald, Head of UK Sponsorships at ScottishPower commented: “Our sponsorship of Ballet Central supports ScottishPower’s aim to increase accessibility to the arts, particularly for young people, and underlines our commitment to the local communities in which we operate”.
Fergus Logan, Artistic Director of Ballet Central, added: “The calibre of Ballet Central’s work is reflected by ScottishPower’s high-profile sponsorship and the fantastic choreographers who work with the company. Where else would you see works from David Nixon, Gillian Lynne, Cathy Marston, Sara Matthews and new choreographic talent in a single night out?”
Ballet Central is formed from final-year students at one of Europe’s leading centres for dance education, Central School of Ballet in London. The school has an enviable record of success in producing versatile artists who come from a wide range of backgrounds and go on to graduate into top dance companies around the world. This has enabled Ballet Central to explode the elitism often associated with this art form.
- Founded 23 years ago by Ann Stannard and the late Christopher Gable CBE, Central School of Ballet is one of the UK’s leading centres for dance training.
- Ballet Central has been touring annually for 20 years.
- Fergus Logan, from Glasgow, directs Ballet Central for the first time. A successful career in the dance world has taken him from Principal Dancer with Leeds-based Northern Ballet Theatre to a director and choreographer in the West End.
- Based on London’s Clerkenwell Road, Central School of Ballet is an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.
- The school’s ethos is the belief that talented, dedicated young people should have access to the highest quality of training, whatever their economic, social or cultural background.
- The school has one of the highest rates of employment for graduating students. Recent graduates have secured contracts with companies including Northern Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, K Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Nederlands Dans Theater, Scottish Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet.
- Central School of Ballet has launched a major Development Appeal to raise £3.5million to provide superb new facilities for young dancers, including a performance space.
- Visit www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk
for further information about Central School of Ballet, Ballet Central and the Development Appeal. Ballet Central Tour Dates 2005
6 April London, Sir Jack Lyons Theatre,
Royal Academy of Music
8 & 9 April Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre
11 April Colwyn Bay, Theatr Colwyn
13 April Liverpool, Crosby Civic Hall
15 April London, Linbury at the Royal Opera House
17 April Hertford, Castle Hall
22 April Abergavenny, Borough Theatre
30 April Bracknell, Wilde Theatre
4 May Chesterfield, The Pomegranate Theatre
13 May Newtown, Theatr Hafren
18 May Grantham, Guildhall Arts Centre
19 May Wakefield Theatre Royal
20 May Hexham, Queen’s Hall Arts
25 May Galashiels, Volunteer Hall
26 May Stirling, Macrobert
7 & 8 June Taunton, Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre
9 & 10 June Bridport, Bridport Arts Centre
11 June Frome, Merlin Theatre
16 June Cumbernauld Theatre
18 June Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
21 June Eastleigh, The Point
23 June Chipping Norton, The Theatre
29 June Crawley, The Hawth
8 & 9 July London, UCL Bloomsbury Theatre
(8 July school’s matinee; 9 July evening only)
With Central School of Ballet
6 - 8 & 9 (mat) London, UCL Bloomsbury Theatre Repertoire 2005
Song to St. Andrew Choreography: David Nixon Music: Philip Feeney
Sense and Innocence Choreography: Cathy Marston Music: Dave Maric
Numbers Game Choreography: Sara Matthews Music: Philip Feeney
- An Excerpt Choreography: Gillian Lynne Music: Dominic Muldowney
Simple Symphony Choreography: Nellie Happee Music: Benjamin Britten
This isn’t the Time Choreography: Stephen Pelton Music: Talking Heads
Yes Baby Choreography: Lucy Potter Music: Duke Ellington / Harold Arlen
and Johnny Mercer
Sidewinder Choreography: Morgann Runacre-Temple Music: Balanescu Quartet
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